15 June 2021 | Story Xolisa Mnukwa | Photo Supplied

UFS Law student and musical sensation gets recognised for her chart-topping Afro-soul album and gets nominated to win four South African Music Awards (SAMAs.)

University of the Free State (UFS) Law student and Durban-born songbird Makhosazana Masango – also known as Azana Music – has been nominated for an impressive four categories in the upcoming 2021 South African Music Awards (SAMAs).

The SAMAs are a premier music showcase hosted annually by the Recording Industry of South Africa (RiSA), where the country has honoured its finest musical talents over the years across categories as they battle for the South African music industry’s highest honour.

Azana has been nominated in the categories Best Newcomer of the year, Best Afro Pop Album, Record of the year, and Music Video of the Year for her debut album, Ingoma. “I left home in the hope of one day finding happiness from music,” explained the Durbanite, who further explained that chasing her dreams and finding people to whom she could bring her vision while she pursued her studies, was imperative to her success.

“My first ever single, Your Love, was top ten in the country on multiple radio stations, including Metro FM, for song of the year. I become a platinum-selling artist and was part of a mural in Maboneng (Johannesburg), where my face was painted on a huge wall alongside legendary musicians such as Msaki, Ami Faku, Zoe Modiga, and many more,” says Azana.

Music has always formed an intricate part of Azana’s life through church and school. Having grasped her passion for music at the tender age of 6, she started recording at 14 and released her debut album Ingoma at 19.

When asked what Youth Month meant to her, Azana responded by highlighting the importance of reflecting on how far South Africa has come, and how the country continues to probe for equal opportunities for all, while simultaneously addressing matters concerning unemployment, education, and lack of support where necessary.


Vote for Azana in the 2021 SAMAs by dialling *120*49495# and following the prompts.


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Listen to Azana's new album, Ingoma, on Apple Music or Spotify



Watch Azana's SAMA-nominated, music video of the year



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